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23/02/2014 at 07:17
23/02/2014 at 09:54
I hate these sport of articles. We're adopting so haven't bought much yet but what I have brought has been in the sales. Having said that we will spend over the £1,000.00. Slightly different as we'll need a big car seat, toys and a highchair straight away. My attitidude is I'll spend what I can afford to on things I want to have. Same as Xmas and birthdays!
23/02/2014 at 10:16
I agree with furmummy. I bought most things brand new first time around, my mum bought the pram, in-laws bought the cot and nursery furniture
I do have a slightly different attitude this time around and have bought second hand or borrowed things we didnt have from first time, but I've also bought stuff in sales or bought clothes because I like them and dont want the baby only in hand me downs.
For me what the article showed was that people spend what they can afford in the most part. And the attitude that all car seats are created equal bugs me, there are some that are definitely safer than others!
23/02/2014 at 10:46
I don't think those figures are remotely shocking. I fully expect the total bill to be a few £K by the time we are fully kitted out. We will be buying most things new, but we can afford it, we have waited a long time for these babies and really want enjoy the shopping and preparation!
If we didn't have the money available, we certainly wouldn't get into debt over it because we have no debt (apart from mortgage) and wouldn't intend to start parenthood with avoidable debt. I agree with the others, you just spend what you are happy to spend.
23/02/2014 at 14:56
I agree with the fact that you spend what you can afford. We were very lucky & got given quite a few things but most other things we've bought were second hand except the car seat & mattress. Nappies are by far the most expensive day to day things but if you stock up when they're in the sale they're not too bad. The issue, of course, is that your outgoings may have only gone up a little bit but your incomings have gone down too. I was only doing supply teaching when I was pregnant so got SMP so had to make our money go further. Although as I was Maternity leave things like holidays were far cheaper as I could go in term time so it's all swings & roundabouts.
I think you get what you want to get as long as you can afford to do so.
23/02/2014 at 15:24
My first baby cost me nothing, in terms of kitting out nursery, pram etc.
Our families rallied round and got us everything. I got milk tokens, so once he was off prescription milk, his formula was free. I lived with my folks until C was 2, and they were ace. They'd buy his nappies, wipes etc when they did the shopping.
I prob spent a grand by the time he was discharged from hospital though. 12 weeks of travelling, and buying food/drink for the hours sitting by his incubator added up.
My second cost me more. I wasn't a poor 17 year old second time round, with a H with a good job, so we splashed out.
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